Officials assess shutdown's Vermont impact

COLCHESTER (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin says it's time for Congress to stop hampering Vermont's fragile economic recovery and find a responsible solution to what he calls a manufactured crisis.

Shumlin was joined by Vermont National Guard officials and others Monday to outline how the federal government shutdown is affecting state. They said an estimated 5,000 federal workers who live in Vermont are seeing reduced hours or furloughs, and a monthly National Guard training weekend affecting 3,000 troops was canceled.

The processing of Small Business Administration loans also has been affected, and officials say if the shutdown continues into November, delays in rental subsidies could affect nearly 14,000 low-income residents.


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